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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Tonight's show--about online dating--is probably going to be a little less like this first clip and a little more like the second. You're welcome.


This is serious. For the last show of 2011 we'll sit back, relax, have a couple of drinks, and talk about the world of computer dating. Don't be nervous. Just be yourself. Co-hosted by Chuck Woolery.


The How I Learned Series Presents

End-of-Year Show at Happy Ending

(Late Night with Conan O'Brien; Last Comic Standing)

(Legs Get Led AstrayThe Rumpus)

(NY Times Modern Love; The Sundance Channel)
(Lucky Pink Wonderland; The Soundtrack Series)
(The Standard Issues; The BTK Band)

Created, Produced + Hosted By:

Wednesday, November 30th
8:00pm (7:00 Doors)
302 Broome Street, Between Forsyth + Eldridge
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand


JESSICA DELFINO is a writer, comedian, musician, teacher, and crafter. She has performed on ABC's Good Morning America, The Sundance Channel, and in the Montreal Comedy Festival and Ediburgh Fringe Fest. The story of how she met her fiance--via Craigslist--was featured in the New York Times Modern Love.

CRAIG is a stand-up comedian and writer for tv. He also tweets a lot which is why his bio is exactly one hundred and forty charactersssssss.


CHLOE CALDWELL is a non-fiction writer living in Hudson, New York. She has been published in an array of places including The Rumpus, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood and Vol 1. Brooklyn. She writes a column called "Love & Music" for The Faster Times and her story That Was Called Love was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize. Her first book of essays, titled Legs Get Led Astray, will be released in April 2012. 
AMANDA DUARTE is a comic writer and actor. She has appeared on The Soundtrack Series at (Le) Poisson Rouge and Losin' It at Branded Saloon, and wrote and performed two solo shows, Lucky Pink Wonderland at soloNOVA and The PIT, and Wonder Woman Spin at Judson Memorial Church.
BRAD LAWRENCE is a Moth StorySLAM and back-to-back two-time GrandSLAM winner, the author of the critically acclaimed one-man-show Monsters In The Wood, and a regular guest on The BTK Band, The Liar Show, the RISK! podcast, and anywhere else the performers get paid in drink tickets. He can also be seen on The Standard Issues, a live storytelling show he co-produces with his wife.

Here's the event on The Facebooks for your optional RSVPing pleasure.

* Unfortunately, Mr. Kevin Allison had to cancel due to illness. He'll be okay!

No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

YAY, BROOKLYN! I'm so pleased to have been able to bring How I Learned to my home turf. Where I live. In my very own Grey Gardens. Last night's one-nighter was, in a word, awesome, if I do say so myself. Maybe there should be a How I Learned one-off in all five boroughs! Next stop: Staten Island!

Just kidding. I'm not going there.

BUT, thanks to all of you who came out to the Brooklyn show. Thank you to JOHN SELLERS for his excellent show-and-tell and for coming out of the closet as a Wham! fan. Thanks to ANDY CHRISTIE and Artie Christie, and their dad, Mr. Christie, and all the people who died at Mr. Christie's rooming house. Thank you to MISS SARA SCHAEFER for loving Jesus and also having the devil a little bit inside of her simultaneously. Thanks to TOM SHILLUE for that Boston accent and for teaching us about fire safety. Thank you to MIKE ALBO for not succumbing to a freak accident in high school like the rest of them. And a special thank you to Miss Jinners for giving me the go-ahead to bring my show to Union Hall for a night.

Best one-night stand ever.

Stay tuned: Details for the next show How I Learned the Rules of Attraction: Stories About Online Dating -- back at the Happy Ending bar -- will be posted tomorrow the day after tomorrow. Right here.

xoxo Blaise

Monday Night HIL at Union Hall!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guys, Join us Monday 11/14 for super fun How I Learned time at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Right near my house. Don't go to Happy Ending because we won't be there! (We'll be there later in the month, though.) Details below, after the Crue.

The How I Learned Series Presents...


(The Junket)
(The Liar Show)
(You Had To Be There)
(The Old Man and The Swamp)
(The Moth)

Created, Produced + Hosted by:

Monday, November 14th
7:30 Doors
702 Union Street + 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
B, Q to 7th Avenue
2, 3 to Bergen Street
R to Union Street

$8 / Get Your Advance Tickets Here


MIKE ALBO is a writer and performer who lives and loves in Brooklyn. He's written for all sorts of  magazines and newspapers including GQ, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and many others. He is the author of two novels, Hornito and The Underminer. This August he released his first novella through Amazon's Kindle Singles called The Junket.

ANDY CHRISTIE's writing has appeared in the New York Times, in snooty literary journals and in the Thomas Beller anthology, Lost and Found: Stories from New York. He has been heard on NPR's Cityscape, and has been featured on The Moth Mainstage and Podcast. His humor book, I Wasn’t Kidding: How To Commit Suicide So They'll Never Forget It was published by Random House in the United States and the United Kingdom. Consequently his work can be found on remainder shelves spanning two continents. He is the creator and host of The Liar Show. 

SARA SCHAEFER is a comedian, writer, blogger, podcaster, filmmaker, gardener, and crocheter. She gathered critical acclaim for her bi-weekly stage show, "Sara Schaefer is Obsessed With You," and has won a Webby Award and two Emmys as head blogger for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. She is also the co-creator of the popular podcast "You Had To Be There" with comedian Nikki Glaser.

JOHN SELLERS has written for GQ, The New York Times, SPIN, TV Guide, Vulture, and an almost depressing number of other outlets. He is also the author of four books, including the recent snake-centric memoir The Old Man and The Swamp. He grew up in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

TOM SHILLUE has appeared on his own Comedy Central Special, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and in his own segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is a frequent host at The Moth and hosts his own monthly show, FunnyStory.Biz at UCBeast. His show "Supernatural" won a ECNY Award for Best Solo Show.

Here it is on the Facebooks for your optional RSVP'ing pleasure.

NEWS! That Has To Do With The State's Kevin Allison! And Other Stuff!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Hello, Friends--

I hope you've been having a beautiful first week of November. This month is pretty freaking special: Two shows--one in Brooklyn--plus I'm NaNoWriMo'ing and also Susan Miller says my hair looks great and I shouldn't change it until mid-December. So I think everything is going to be okay.

I want to remind y'all that advance tickets are available right here through Ticketweb for the one-off Union Hall edition of HIL on November 14th with Mike Albo, Sara Schaefer, Tom Shillue, Andy Christie, and John Sellers. Get at it! It's going to be a fabulous night.

I also want to inform you that a very special person has been added to an already special lineup for HIL's end-of-season show on November 30th. That person is MR. KEVIN ALLISON of The State! He is also, of course, the man behind the ever-popular Risk! live series and podcast. Super excited. The theme for November 30th is "How I Learned The Rules of Attraction: Stories about Internet Dating." Pretty sure it's going to be a doozy.

Can't wait to see you!
xoxo Blaise